Information About Misdiagnosing Other Cancers
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As with most serious medical conditions, early detection of cancer is of the utmost importance. While we have discussed some of the more common cancers on this website, it is important to also be aware of other types of cancer that can also go undiagnosed if certain symptoms and warning signs are ignored.
- Bladder Cancer: This type of cancer typically begins in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. Some common symptoms of bladder cancer include: blood in the urine (hematuria), pain or burning during urination without evidence of urinary tract infection, and change in bladder habits, such as having to urinate more often or feeling the strong urge to urinate without producing much urine.
- Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer: This type of cancer can be classified as renal cell carcinoma, which forms in blood-filtering, waste-removal tubes in the kidney, or renal pelvis carcinoma, which forms in the center of the kidneys where urine is collected. Some common symptoms of kidney cancer include: blood in the urine (making the urine slightly rusty to deep red), pain in the side that does not go away, a lump or mass in the side or the abdomen, weight loss, fever, and a feeling of being very tired or having a general feeling of poor health.
- Pancreatic Cancer: This type of cancer, also known as exocrine cancer, occurs when malignant cells form in the tissues of the pancreas. Some common symptoms of pancreatic cancer include: upper abdominal pain that may radiate to your back, yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice), loss of appetite, and weight loss.
- Thyroid Cancer: This type of cancer affects the thyroid gland and can adverse effects on heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and body weight, as the gland is responsible for producing hormones that assist in controlling the aforementioned functions. Some common symptoms of thyroid cancer include: problems with swallowing, hoarseness, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, breathing difficulty, and pain in the throat and/or neck.
- Brain Tumors: This type of cancer is characterized by the abnormal growth of cells in brain tissue, cells that can be either benign or malignant. Some common symptoms of brain tumors include: new onset or change in pattern of headaches, headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe, unexplained nausea or vomiting, vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision, gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg, difficulty with balance, speech difficulties, confusion in everyday matters, personality or behavior changes, seizures, especially in someone who doesn’t have a history of seizures , hearing problems, and hormonal (endocrine) disorders.
- Esophageal Cancer: This type of cancer can be classified as squamous cell carcinoma, where flat cells lining the esophagus are determined to be cancerous, or adenocarcinoma, where the cells that are responsible for making and releasing mucus and other fluids are found to be cancerous. Some common symptoms of esophageal cancer include: difficult or painful swallowing, severe weight loss, pain in the throat or back, behind the breastbone or between the shoulder blades, hoarseness or chronic cough, vomiting, and coughing up blood.
- Gastric (Stomach) Cancer: This type of cancer results when cancerous cells form in the lining of the stomach. Some common symptoms of stomach cancer include: blood in the stool, fatigue, feeling bloated after eating, feeling full after eating little, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and weight loss.
- Liver Cancer: This type of cancer can either form in the tissues of the liver, or spread to the liver from other parts of the body. Some common symptoms of liver cancer include: losing weight without trying, loss of appetite, upper abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, general weakness and fatigue, an enlarged liver, abdominal swelling, and yellow discoloration of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice).
After a Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
In the event of a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of any of the above listed cancers, it is important to consider investigating whether your health care provider neglected signs or symptoms of the disease, as discussed above. That is because those who receive improper medical treatment or a delayed or misdiagnosis of cancer can seek restitution from those who have wronged them. Blume Forte will assist in all aspects of your medical malpractice case.
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